Also the extra volume of a resonator guitar is still useful today - even with microphones and PA systems.
I don't like the sound of electric pickups in my guitars so I always use a microphone.
Over the years I fell in love with the sound of resonator guitars - a kind of metallic, bell-like, slightly nasal, almost electric guitar tone but undeniably still an acoustic instrument.
This particular tone suits certain styles of music better than others - it also encourages musicians to play in a particular style.
Dating a Guitar to locate the year it was made - Locate the year your guitar was made to find out the possible value depending on condition.
Many vintage guitar owners value guitar dating and guitar serial number data to date their electric and acoustic guitars.
Master Class Newtone strings utilize a principle dating back to the 1920s: using a round core instead of the modern hex core creates greater string life and better playability.
Steel metal body, Maple fingerboard with binding, Walnut sunburst finish or Polychrome tan-yellow finish with red & blue highlights, Sunburst models have ebonized fingerboard, Polychrome fingerboard finish is clear with faint red & blue highlights, Stenciled black Hawaiian scene with orange sun on back, Bakelite neck used 1929-1930 but discontinued due to warping & cracking (no binding), Flat cut f-holes.
Although initially popular with, and marketed to, Hawaiian musicians, the National guitar really found it's enduring home with blues musicians - the single cone National guitars have become become synonymous with the blues - on album covers, movies, advertisements - nothing says "blues" like a single cone National guitar.
As a lover of early acoustic blues I was drawn to the resonator guitar and have spent the last 16 years playing them - I love the sound, the unique feel (the strings are much closer to the body than a regular acoustic and the cover strap necessitates a particular right-hand position different to other acoustic guitars) and of course they look fantastic.
I'm proud to announce that in conjunction with Colin Mc Cubbin's notecannons collection I will be offering for sale a variety of the more exotic resonator instruments from that collection over the next few months, as well a some of my own instruments. From the golden years of the Duolian, this is from Marc's collection. An extraordinarily rare Dobro, especially in this condition.
All the instruments I sell will have been carefully checked over by me and I will have done any repairs or setups that they require to put them into first class playing condition. Fitted with a new fingerboard, and with it's paint substantially intact, this 12 fretter is loud and perfect for player and/or collector. The few of these that we have seen in the past have lost most of their paint, but this one has 99% of it's paint cover intact.